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malfeasance

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noun mal·fea·sance \ˌmal-ˈfē-zən(t)s\

Simple Definition of malfeasance

  • law : illegal or dishonest activity especially by a public official or a corporation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of malfeasance

  1. :  wrongdoing or misconduct especially by a public official

Examples of malfeasance in a sentence

  1. The investigation has uncovered evidence of corporate malfeasance.

  2. <a campaign to impeach the governor for malfeasance in office>



Origin of malfeasance

mal- + obsolete feasance doing, execution


First Known Use: 1696


Law Dictionary

malfeasance

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noun mal·fea·sance \ˌmal-ˈfēz-əns\

Legal Definition of malfeasance

  1. :  the commission (as by a public official) of a wrongful or unlawful act involving or affecting the performance of one's duties — compare misfeasance, nonfeasance



Origin of malfeasance

mal- bad + obsolete English feasance doing, execution, from Old French faisance, from fais-, stem of faire to make, do, from Latin facere



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